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The Victorian Kitchen Garden


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A series of 13 films in which a walled garden is restored, and worked as it was a hundred years ago.
Presented by Peter Thoday with head gardener Harry Dodson
1: The Beginning
Once every big house had its walled kitchen garden. In an age before imports and deep freezers, the head gardener and his staff had to supply the household throughout the year.
Today most walled gardens lie derelict. To uncover the secrets of the great Victorian gardeners, restoration was begun on a kitchen garden in Berkshire. With the help of a rich legacy of gardening manuals, plans were made to grow vegetables and fruit similar to the Victorians and to revive forgotten crafts and skills - hoping to find out what it was like to feed a large country estate without modern technology and well-stocked supermarkets.
'When a gardener enters upon his first responsible situation, he should make it one of his first duties ... to ascertain the requirements, likes and dislikes of the family.'
Journal of Horticulture, 1867
Photography PAUL MORRIS Film editor CHRIS ORRELL
Associate producer JENNIFER DAVIES Producer KEITH SHEATHER BBC Bristol
9 FEATURE: page 10 and RECIPE TIMES: page 76


Presented By: Peter Thoday
Unknown: Harry Dodson
Music By: Paul Reade
Music By: Photography Paul Morris
Editor: Chris Orrell
Producer: Jennifer Davies
Producer: Keith Sheather

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The Victorian Kitchen Garden

BBC Two England, 16 September 1987 19.35

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